STRIKER Mwape Musonda says he is not happy to lose despite scoring a goal in the 2-1 defeat to Cameroon in a friendly match played in Spain last Sunday.
And Musonda said Cameroon players are shocked that Zambia will not be at the Africa Cup of Nations that begins in Egypt this month.
Zambia are on a three match spree and will play Morocco in Marrakech on Sunday before playing Cote’d I voire in Abu Dhabi on the way back.
In an interview, Musonda who was having his second match in Chipolopolo colours said playing high level friendly games would provide more exposure to the young players in the team.
“I think it was a good experience for everyone who participated in that game. I think you can see the intentions of the coach having brought most of the U-23 boys to gain this experience,” Musonda said.
“…it will help them going forward, they have got a game coming in September, so I think it was a preparation for them. Even us the senior guys we have a feel of playing such high level friendlies, so it was a good experience for everyone. As a striker, when you are given a chance, you are looking to score goals whether you come from the bench or in the first line up. What is important is to score goals, it helps the team at the end of the day. I am not one striker who, likes losing, in as much as we got a goal. For me it doesn’t bring that much joy, at the end of the day it’s a loss, even looking at the way the game progressed, I think we had chances to win the game so again it comes back to us as attackers that can create chances but we should put them away. I think it’s a game we were supposed to win with a good margin.”
Musonda said the team needed to work on finishing in the next games because there was immense attacking talent in the team.
The former Konkola Mine Police striker who now plays in South Africa said he had been patient enough and now it was time to don the Chipolopolo jersey.
“…in fact when I was coming from the bench, one of those Cameroon players was surprised and asking me ‘are you guys not going to AfCON?’ There is so much talent and it’s sad that such talent will not be at AfCON,” said Musonda.
Meanwhile, team doctor Mwila Lupasha revealed that midfielder Donashano Malama and defender Ziyo Tembo sustained injuries in practice and hoped the duo would be fit by Saturday.
“Donashano has an injury in one of the back muscles. I think for now we are just trying to see that he does light training so that we have them recovered. Otherwise we are not going to force him to train with the rest of the team including Ziyo Tembo who has some ankle injury. We will see how they do tomorrow then we will advise the coach whether they will back in training or not,” said Dr Lupasha.